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Promoting Healthy Lifestyles at Home and at School

Promoting healthy lifestyles at school and at home is important, and PTA leaders can play a pivotal role in making sure that this is a continuous focus within our school communities. At Monterey Highlands School, we worked cooperatively with the principal and other key stakeholders to establish our vision of improving healthy lifestyles at home and at school.  We … [Read More...]

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Does Your School Community Live Unified?

Andrea L. Cahn, Senior Director of Special Olympics Project UNIFY When you walk through the hallways of your child’s school, does it feel as if all students are part of the fabric of the school? Is it a place of respect and appreciation for individual differences? Do all students feel a sense of belonging, have friends, and are excited to go to school every day? … [Read More...]

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My Child Has Special Needs: When Do I Start The Transition Process?

Are you asking the question is it time to start thinking of where your child will go next year? When should I start this discussion? What do I need to do? Who do I talk to, where do I start? This can truly be a very scary, frustrating and intimidating time for parents.  The most important thing you can do is take yourself out of the equation and think, “WHAT IS … [Read More...]

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Our Children Talks to Steve Perry about how to Close the Achievement Gap

A product of third generation poverty, celebrated Principal Steve Perry talks about the important role that PTAs and parents play in helping to close the achievement gap among students facing educational odds. What exactly is that achievement gap? “It is an active gap, not an inherent limitation of minority and male children. Those kids who are most in need of what … [Read More...]

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Supporting Special Education Services

Jill Hellman, PTA Comrades Committee Chair, Clover Hill Elementary School, Midlothian, VA Receiving news that your child qualifies for special education services can be a lonely and overwhelming experience. At first, there is relief that your child will receive the support that he or she needs. Then there is apprehension and sadness that he or she now has a label. … [Read More...]

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#GivingTuesday: Help Make Every Child’s Dream a Reality

The holiday season is a time of hustle and bustle – bargain hunting, shopping for the perfect gifts and spending hours cooking, decorating and preparing for guests. The season also is a time of thanksgiving and for giving back. We’re all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? December 2, the Tuesday following Black … [Read More...]